I think "North Americans" is a very wide demographic. I doubt all N.Americans raise their children the same way.
I work in a therapist's office and she sees mostly children and I can tell you that these children are NOT catered to in any sense of the word. Their fears, concerns, wants and desires are rarely heard and certainly not responded to by their troubled parents.
I believe that parents in general need to give more of their time then they do. With two parents working full time to survive in this economy, it is sad that our kids have to suffer.